Durham student shortlisted to become Mars pioneer

22-year-old science student Hannah Earnshaw is down to the last 100 applicants for a place on a mission to Mars.

Her passion has brought her to Durham University where she is studying for a Phd in astro physics.

But she hopes her enthusiasm for space will take her much further.

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Student could make one way trip to Mars

Journey to Mars will probably be a one way trip Credit: Mars One

From the initial 202,586 applicants, only 100 hopefuls have been selected to proceed to the next round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Process.

Only eight of them are from the UK, including 22-year-old Durham student Hannah Earnshaw.

The candidates are one step closer to becoming the first humans on Mars. There is one drawback however, the mission is one way.

The spacecraft that will take them to the red planet has not yet been built, but it is very unlikely it will have to capability to make it back home.

Despite the drawbacks, Hannah remains excited by the challenge ahead.

"I am optimistic about the mission in general," says Hannah, "which is to establish a home on another planet. And the candidates that go there will make a home for themselves, and life for themselves.

"It's not some kind of exile. It's a new start."

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